Outrage at xenophobic comments after donkey skins broadcast

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Villagers carry a lantern as they perform dragon dance during a local celebrations of Chinese Lunar New Year in Longyan, Fujian province, China, January 31, 2017. Picture taken January 31, 2017.

Villagers carry a lantern as they perform dragon dance during a local celebrations of Chinese Lunar New Year in Longyan, Fujian province, China, January 31, 2017. Picture taken January 31, 2017.

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Villagers carry a lantern as they perform dragon dance during a local celebrations of Chinese Lunar New Year in Longyan, Fujian province, China, January 31, 2017. Picture taken January 31, 2017.

Villagers carry a lantern as they perform dragon dance during a local celebrations of Chinese Lunar New Year in Longyan, Fujian province, China, January 31, 2017. Picture taken January 31, 2017.

JOHANNESBURG – The Chinese Association in Gauteng said it was disturbed by xenophobic comments on social media platforms following the Chinese New Year celebrations.

The association said the comments were made on their Facebook page and those of the Karoo Donkey Sanctuary and Carte Blanche.

“The comments are racist, inflammatory, vitriolic and encourage hatred of and violence to Chinese and their children,” the association said in a statement.

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The association said the posts followed the Chinese New Year celebrations in First China Town, held in Commissioner Street on the January 28, and Carte Blanche's broadcast on the illegal trade in donkey skins, which was aired on January 29.

“As a community, we are as outraged, as (are) our fellow South Africans, at the cruelty and abuse (involved in the) illegal trade of donkey skins. We condemn in the strongest possible terms all individuals involved in the ill treatment of these donkeys and indeed, any other forms of animal cruelty. We support and welcome the prosecution of such perpetrators whatever their nationality,” the association added.

It said that criminal charges of crimen injuria have been laid against some of the writers of offensive comments on Facebook and the websites. It also said it will be laying a complaint of hate speech with the South African Human Rights Commission.